USDA awards $14.6 million for Arkansas wetlands restoration

USDA awards $14.6 million for Arkansas wetlands restoration

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $14.6 million for a wetlands restoration project in eastern Arkansas.

The funding announced Thursday is part of the USDA's Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership that awarded a total of $44.6 million to 10 projects in 12 states. The Arkansas project intends to improve water quality and restore forested wetlands in the Cache River watershed. The Nature Conservancy is the lead partner in the project.

The Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The other states that received funding are: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

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